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Mr Early Years

I am a Reception Teacher and a Forest School Practitioner. Using my experience from a range of schools in England and Sweden, I have decided to compile a bank of my own resources and lesson plans which I have used over the years. I particularly enjoy working in the great outdoors with children and I am passionate about play based learning, especially outside!

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I am a Reception Teacher and a Forest School Practitioner. Using my experience from a range of schools in England and Sweden, I have decided to compile a bank of my own resources and lesson plans which I have used over the years. I particularly enjoy working in the great outdoors with children and I am passionate about play based learning, especially outside!
Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities

Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities

6 Lesson Plans/Activities including Art with Natural Resources, Bug Hunt, Building a Bug Hotel, An Introduction to Fire, Cooking on an Open Fire, and Small World Story Making with Faries (Fairy World). Also included is a Risk Assessment for having a fire and an Introduction to Forest School. This is an ideal introduction to get you on your way to confidently leading a group of children outside. The activities are designed for children from Reception up to Year 2 but they can easily be adapted for Nursery and older year groups. Please be aware, these are designed for teachers and are there to be interpreted. True Forest School does not follow lesson plans. These resources are designed to give ideas and act as a back up for the practitioner to deliver a catalyst and prompts for learning whilst being prepared to follow the children in their learning journey! Forest School should be led by the children.
MrEarlyYears
Early Years Maths & Fine Motor Development ideas with Playdough (Play Doh)

Early Years Maths & Fine Motor Development ideas with Playdough (Play Doh)

A 4-page leaflet comprising a bank of activities for teachers, support staff, childminders and parents to engage with their child to help their learning. The activities all involve using playdough to help the child develop in the key areas of learning such as Speaking & Listening, Mathematics, Personal, Social and Emotional Development etc. The leaflet is extremely useful for parents of children in EYFS and Year 1. The leaflet also serves to assist planning in the classroom and can be particularly useful for teaching assistants when leading intervention groups.
MrEarlyYears
EYFS Resources Bundle

EYFS Resources Bundle

EYFS Assessment pack including: A long Observation Proforma with key prompts to make observing simple. A Reading Observation Proforma with key prompts to make observing reading simple. Numeracy Assessment Grid for recording on-entry baseline and termly progress in Numeracy Phonics/Literacy Assessment grid for recording on-entry baseline and termly progress in phonics A shape assessment grid for recording children's knowledge of simple 2d shapes. Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements Complete your characteristics of effective learning easily with these ready-made statements which have been differentiated for the low, medium and high attaining child. Simply copy and paste the statements which most resemble the child in question and edit accordingly. These statements will also prompt you with ideas for completing your more 'personal' report. Outdoor Learning Forest School (Complete set of Activities) 6 Lesson Plans/Activities including Art with Natural Resources, Bug Hunt, Building a Bug Hotel, An Introduction to Fire, Cooking on an Open Fire, and Small World Story Making with Faries (Fairy World). Also included is a Risk Assessment for having a fire and an Introduction to Forest School. This is an ideal introduction to get you on your way to confidently leading a group of children outside. The activities are designed for children from Reception up to Year 2 but they can easily be adapted for Nursery and older year groups. Please be aware, these are designed for teachers and are there to be interpreted. True Forest School does not follow lesson plans. These resources are designed to give ideas and act as a back up for the practitioner to deliver a catalyst and prompts for learning whilst being prepared to follow the children in their learning journey! Forest School should be led by the children. Intervention Planning for Early Years. Targeted Support for Finger Gym, Numeracy and Writing: This complete intervention pack includes activities for finger gym, numeracy, and writing. It is designed for support staff (LSAs and TAs) to grab and deliver targeted support without the stress of them having to plan it. It is also great for NQTs or new to Early Years teachers! This complete pack is organized in such a way to allow the person delivering the interventions to list the children involved and anno Early Years Classroom Design (Setting up your Classroom) This resources will suggest ideas for resources in curriculum areas around your classroom. With a focus on continuous provision and aimed especially to support NQTs and new to reception teachers, this resource will save you heaps of time planning what resources are needed where. FREE: An 'All About Me' booklet to send home to your parents for the children to complete and return. Playdough Leaflet: Ideas for parents
MrEarlyYears
Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities

Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities

6 Lesson Plans/Activities including Art with Natural Resources, Bug Hunt, Building a Bug Hotel, An Introduction to Fire, Cooking on an Open Fire, and Small World Story Making with Faries (Fairy World). Also included is a Risk Assessment for having a fire and an Introduction to Forest School. This is an ideal introduction to get you on your way to confidently leading a group of children outside. The activities are designed for children from Reception up to Year 2 but they can easily be adapted for Nursery and older year groups. Please be aware, these are designed for teachers and are there to be interpreted. True Forest School does not follow lesson plans. These resources are designed to give ideas and act as a back up for the practitioner to deliver a catalyst and prompts for learning whilst being prepared to follow the children in their learning journey! Forest School should be led by the children.
MrEarlyYears
Observation and Assessment Pack (EYFS)

Observation and Assessment Pack (EYFS)

Included in this bundle is: A long Observation Proforma with key prompts to make observing simple. A Reading Observation Proforma with key prompts to make observing reading simple. Numeracy Assessment Grid for recording on-entry baseline and termly progress in Numeracy Phonics/Literacy Assessment grid for recording on-entry baseline and termly progress in phonics A shape assessment grid for recording children's knowledge of simple 2d shapes.
MrEarlyYears
Child Observation: A Learning Story (EYFS)

Child Observation: A Learning Story (EYFS)

A lesson observation sheet for EYFS (Nursery and Reception). I have called this a Learning Story as it allows the observer to write down exactly what is happening with a view of recording the learning. There is an extensive bank of prompts on the sheet to make observing easy for the assistant (LAS or TA) as well as the teacher. The prompts include "Is the child interested?", "Does the child take turns?", "Does the child express needs and feelings in an appropriate way?" etc. This helps to guide the observer to spot achievements and challenges for the child. On the reverse of the sheet, the Characteristics of Effective Learning prompts are listed in a clear easy to read table for easy observing.
MrEarlyYears
Early Years Maths & Fine Motor Development ideas with Playdough (Play Doh)

Early Years Maths & Fine Motor Development ideas with Playdough (Play Doh)

A 4-page leaflet comprising a bank of activities for teachers, support staff, childminders and parents to engage with their child to help their learning. The activities all involve using playdough to help the child develop in the key areas of learning such as Speaking & Listening, Mathematics, Personal, Social and Emotional Development etc. The leaflet is extremely useful for parents of children in EYFS and Year 1. The leaflet also serves to assist planning in the classroom and can be particularly useful for teaching assistants when leading intervention groups.
MrEarlyYears
Reading Observation Sheet with Prompts (EYFS)

Reading Observation Sheet with Prompts (EYFS)

An observation sheet especially tailored to reading. With this sheet, you can observe the child during an adult led guided reading session or during independent child-led reading. The sheets contain an extensive range of prompts to guide the observer which makes observing quick and easy!
MrEarlyYears
Forest School: An Introduction to Making a Fire

Forest School: An Introduction to Making a Fire

This lesson plan/ activity will guide you through having a fire with your children. It is intended for children aged 4-8 but can easily be extended for slightly elder children. The activity follows the Forest School approach to fire making and is an ideal means to introduce fire to children. the fire making is in a Kelly Kettle (Storm Kettle) and the plan guides you through the process of getting the children involved (gathering fuel) in order to boil water for their own hot chocolate! I have found this to be one of the most enjoyable sessions taught outdoors but I recommend it only be carried out when the practitioner has complete confidence in the behaviour of the chidlren. This suits nicely towards the end of a series of Forest School sessions and feeds beautifully into cooking on an open fire, which should follow the following week as a means of extending and imbedding the learning.
MrEarlyYears
Cooking on an Open Fire

Cooking on an Open Fire

This lesson plan/ activity will guide you through cooking on an open fire with your children. It is intended for children aged 4-10 but can easily be extended for slightly elder children. The activity follows the Forest School approach to fire making. The plan guides you through the process of getting the children involved (gathering fuel) and having them prepare and cook the food (Camp Fire Pizza!). I recommend this session be carried out when the practitioner has complete confidence in the behaviour of the children. This suits nicely towards the end of a series of Forest School sessions.
MrEarlyYears
Small World.  Fairy World (EYFS&KS1) Outdoor Learning Forest School

Small World. Fairy World (EYFS&KS1) Outdoor Learning Forest School

A complete lesson plan for to develop creative story writing through small world play outside. This lesson plan will guide you to setting up your environment in a way that will inspire the children and develop their imagination. This lesson plan is for an approximate 2 hour session but has the possibility to be extended to a second session. Ideas for extension are included. This lesson plan fosters creativity, independence, confidence building and autonomy and is excellent for developing friendships and settling children in at the beginning of term. Fairy World is an exciting and magical lesson for all the children and adults and the introduction of the dragon at the end just makes everyone want more! Please leave a review and/or follow me for the chance to be the first to hear about more great resources!
MrEarlyYears
Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements

Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements

Complete your characteristics of effective learning easily with these ready-made statements which have been differentiated for the low, medium and high attaining child. Simply copy and paste the statements which most resemble the child in question and edit accordingly. These statements will also prompt you with ideas for completing your more 'personal' report. Please leave a review and/or follow me!
MrEarlyYears
Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (d)

Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (d)

A homework sheet for children to identify the sound and write CVC and CVCC words. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of the words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
MrEarlyYears
Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (g)

Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (g)

A homework sheet for children to identify the sound and write CVC and CVVC words. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of the words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
MrEarlyYears
Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (o)

Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (o)

A homework sheet for children to identify the sound and write CVC and CCVC words. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of the words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
MrEarlyYears
M, D, G, O, C, K Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheets

M, D, G, O, C, K Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheets

Homework sheets for children to identify the sound and write CVC and CVCC words. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of the words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Each sounds is differentiated for a lower and higher attainer. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
MrEarlyYears
Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (m)

Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (m)

A homework sheet for children to identify the sound and write CVC and CVVC words. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of the words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
MrEarlyYears
Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (c)

Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (c)

A homework sheet for children to identify the sound and write CVC and CCVVC words. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of the words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
MrEarlyYears
Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (k)

Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (k)

A homework sheet for children to identify the sound and write CVC and CVCC words. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of the words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
MrEarlyYears
Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (i)

Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (i)

A homework sheet for children to identify the sound and write CVC and CVCC words. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of the words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
MrEarlyYears
S,A,T,P,I,N Letters and Sounds Phonics Homework Sheets

S,A,T,P,I,N Letters and Sounds Phonics Homework Sheets

Homework sheets for children to identify the sound and write CVC and CVCC words. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of the words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Each sounds is differentiated for a lower and higher attainer. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
MrEarlyYears
Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (n)

Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (n)

A homework sheet for children to identify the sound and write CVC and CVVC words. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of the words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
MrEarlyYears
Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (t)

Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (t)

A homework sheet for children to identify the sound and write CVC and CCVC words. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of the words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
MrEarlyYears